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A manual for a new era of direct action Activism Featured 

A manual for a new era of direct action

United States (WNV) – Movement manuals can be useful. Marty Oppenheimer and I found that out in 1964 when civil rights leaders were too busy to write a manual but wanted one. We wrote “A Manual for Direct Action” just in time for Mississippi Freedom Summer. Bayard Rustin wrote the forward. Some organizers in the South told me jokingly that it was their “first aid handbook — what to do until Dr. King comes.” It was also picked up by the growing movement against the Vietnam War. For the past year I’ve been book touring to over 60 cities Read More

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Social Media & The Stigmatization of Mental Illness Health 

Social Media & The Stigmatization of Mental Illness

Connecticut (GREED) – Mental illness is on the rise in Western society, and social media is feeding the stigma that prevents so many people from seeking the help they need.  If you are paying attention to current events and consuming any of your news online, chances are you’ve seen it. The House of Representatives passes their health care bill, sending it to the Senate for approval (which, as of this writing, is pending), and angry declarations of “they’re ALL mentally ill” start popping up. A man violently takes the lives of two men on a Portland, Oregon train, badly Read More

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Each Week of Trump’s Presidency, Ranked In Order of Insanity Featured Politics 

Each Week of Trump’s Presidency, Ranked In Order of Insanity

World (Ranker) – Editor’s Note: From our friends at Ranker, a list of the Trump administration’s blunders accomplishments over the past 17 weeks, ranked by users in order of wtf factor. You can affect the order of this list by using the arrow buttons. Whether you love Trump or hate him, you have to admit this presidency will go down in history for entertainment value alone. And oh, the memes… This report was prepared by Jacob Shelton for Ranker.

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Conspiracy Theories You’ll Likely Be Hearing This Year Entertainment 

Conspiracy Theories You’ll Likely Be Hearing This Year

World (Ranker) – Editor’s Note: Each year brings with it new music and fashion trends, new movies and tv shows, new concepts in science and technology, and of course, new conspiracy theories. Ranging from spot on to unlikely to absurd, here is a list of conspiracy theories we expect to hear in 2017, brought to you by our friends at Ranker. This report was prepared for Ranker.

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Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: Nobel Women’s Initative Activism Badass Women Women 

Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: Nobel Women’s Initative

World (openDemocracy) – The rising backlash against women’s rights, as well as that against activists of all stripes, was infused with new and terrifyingly overt vigor with the campaigning tactics of Donald Trump leading up to the dumbfounding results of the US presidential elections last November. But perhaps for many, equally as surprising has been the massive, and mostly nonviolent opposition in the US to Mr. Trump’s dystopian agenda that favors the rich and Wall Street at the expense of the poor and middle classes, its sexist assault on women’s rights, and the fact that it doesn’t give one whit Read More

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Post-Truth Politics: Collective Deception and Alternative Facts Featured Politics 

Post-Truth Politics: Collective Deception and Alternative Facts

Sydney, Australia (New Internationalist) – Editor’s Note: This report from NJ Enfield, Professor of Linguistics and Head of Research for the Network on the Crisis of Post-Truth Discourse at The University of Sydney, examines the historical roots of so-called alternative facts and fake news. Throughout history, human societies have accepted numerous truths despite the lack of evidence. How does this effect our politics? There is increasing alarm at the rise of a post-truth doctrine of alternative facts, currently flourishing most notably in the populist contexts of Trump’s ascendance and the recent Brexit campaign. Just one example, from too many of late, comes from White Read More

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No More War: The Impact of War on Women and a Call-to-Action Activism Featured Women 

No More War: The Impact of War on Women and a Call-to-Action

Kailua, Hawaii (GREED) – As the United States finds itself further entangled in political tensions overseas, it is women both overseas and domestically that will pay the highest cost of war. Although women in the U.S. military have only just last year been formally allowed into combat, our gender is no stranger to violent conflict. Whether actively fighting, playing a supportive role, or simply fleeing for their lives, women worldwide have felt the pain and suffering created by war acutely throughout history. Women struggle to support their families during deployments and often lose fathers, brothers, sons and husbands. If Read More

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You’re a Chump: Rapper Kendrick Lamar Goes After President Trump Music 

You’re a Chump: Rapper Kendrick Lamar Goes After President Trump

(Sputnik) – Rapper Kendrick Lamar has joined the growing list of rappers to go after US President Donald Trump, calling him a “chump” in his latest track. The Heart Part 4, Lamar’s latest song, became available on iTunes on Thursday evening. The track takes a political turn midway through. The Heart Part 4 https://t.co/XcDcxJtvCt — Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) March 24, 2017 “Donald Trump is a chump, know how we feel, punk. Tell ’em that God comin’, and Russia need a replay button. Y’all up to somethin’, electoral votes look like memorial votes, but America’s truth ain’t ignorin’ the votes,” Lamar Read More

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On: The Perversion Of Police Into Radical Politicized Talking Heads Featured 

On: The Perversion Of Police Into Radical Politicized Talking Heads

(GREED) – It’s becoming difficult to ignore a brazenly open politicization of American policing. This phenomenon excludes the various protests, militarized responses to those protests, and debate choking media both online and on-air. It’s entirely different, and generally not practiced by a majority of police agencies. “We back the badge”, thin blue line, and Blue Lives Matter are charged with polarization, no doubt. They’re inherently different, however, from open endorsements of political parties, and the taunting of an abandoned public. Milwaukee, Wisconsin–like many other cities around the country–isn’t a stranger to this tension. Riots blazed, and military planes patrolled overhead, just Read More

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